Wednesday 30 March 2016

Competition: ends very soon!

My fabulous competition this month ends tomorrow - so only a few hours left for you to enter!

Entry is really easy - just click on the 'Competitions, Discounts & Giveaways' tab above and you'll see all the details.

You could win one of 3 'Word Theme' prints - a series of 8 designs, which can be printed in any colour to suit your interior. You can choose any of the designs, and this bespoke A3 size print will be winging its way to you!

Go on, have a go - you just might win!

Sarah x

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Tuesday 22 March 2016

Free Easter Egg Hunt Kit!

It's an early Easter this year, which means the chances of having a warm and sunny day on Easter Sunday for an Egg Hunt are slim!

So if you think you'd rather stay indoors where it's warm and dry, why not download my free Egg Hunt Kit printables - everything you need, right down to the invitations, to plan a fun hunt for your little ones.

Free Easter Egg Hunt Kit Printable

I've left the clues blank, so you can create your own to suit the ages of your participants. The age group I think the hunt is best suited to would be roughly 5-10 years, but younger ones will still have fun taking part (they might just need a little help from an adult!).

There are 5 parts to the Egg Hunt Kit, to download just follow these links:

Egg Hunt 'To Do' List - this lists everything you need to plan the event, and what you'll need to buy
Egg Hunt Sheet 1 - print one of these sheets
Egg Hunt Sheet 2 - this has invitations and instructions for each participant, so you'll need to print off as many copies as you may need depending on how many people you are inviting or who are taking part.
Egg Hunt Sheet 3 - this is a sheet of 4 clues, so depending on how many clues you are planning to hide you may need to print off more than one sheet.
Egg Hunt Sheet 4 - this has 4 sets of bunny feet, so print as many as you need to dot around your house!

You can print the downloads onto normal paper. Sheets 1-4 are laid out '4 up' so you'll need to slice these sheets into quarters.

Ideas for clues: Depending on the age group of those taking part, your clues to range from the super-hard cryptic type, to the more straightforward! There are some great ideas here...

(You are welcome to download this kit for your own personal use only. It is not to be sold or used in any commercial way.)

Have a fun egg hunt this weekend - whatever the weather!
Sarah x

PS: While you're here, why not enter my competition too? Just click on the 'Competitions' tab at the top of this page!

Wednesday 16 March 2016

Competition Time!

Have a little look at the Competitions, Discounts and Giveaways tab above to see my latest competition - and be in with the chance of winning one of 3 bespoke 'Word Theme' poster prints!

Be quick - the competition ends on March 31st...

There are 6 ways to enter, and each entry counts - so the more you do, the greater your chances of winning!

Plus you can come back every day and grab yourself two more entries a day if you like!

Sarah x

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Friday 11 March 2016

Brand New: Smiler prints!

Smile - it's Friday! And what better way to celebrate, than to tell you about my new happy, smiley, sunshiney new designs?!

I've been working like a mad thing all week to load lots of new goodies onto the PhotoFairytales website. (Let's just say, the design-bug has been nibbling away over recent weeks resulting in a little glut of new work!)

You can see all the new items on the site by visiting the 'What's New' page.

These are my new 'Smiler' prints - a range of A3 poster sized prints in lovely soft pastel colours. With designs that will work for all ages and occasions, I really hope you'll like them.

Great gift idea for Father's Day!

Each one is printed to order and available in a range of colours. They're just £21.50, including UK delivery. You can see all the Smiler print designs by clicking here.

Hmmm... maybe I should do a bit of a giveaway competition on some of this new work. What do you think?!

Sarah x

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Thursday 3 March 2016

How to teach your pet to *actually* talk..."

"Don't make eye contact, she's trying
to teach us to talk again..."
I really should stop trying to teach my pets to talk… but I just can't help myself...

And when I say ‘talk’, I don’t mean bark on command, etc - oh no, I mean TALK!

It’s not something I’m deliberately setting out to do (I’m not totally mad… well, not totally and completely), it’s more something that I just occasionally catch myself doing. Take this morning for example: I reached for a banana from the fruit bowl and Bella Cat watched with interest and made a little peeping sound. So I looked at her and said, “Banana”. I was showing her a banana and repeating the word IN THE HOPE THAT SHE MIGHT REPEAT IT. Yes, well… It’s the same system I used for my daughter when she was a baby, and she picked up the whole talking thing very quickly!

I was once out walking Freddy Dog when he paused to look at a bird sitting on a fence. “Look Freddy”, I said, “BIRD”. He looked up at me, we caught each other’s eye, and I thought: oh blimey, I’m trying to teach my dog to say the word ‘bird’.

Last week Fred presented me with his empty food bowl  by dragging it upstairs and dropping it on my feet (he’s not subtle). I picked it up, showed it to him, and said, “Bowl”. Just yesterday we had some snow and I pointed out of the window and said, “Snow”. I’m thinking maybe I’m favouring teaching the dog over the cat, but that’s really only because he seems to show more willing. Bella just looks on with a slightly wilful expression (I think she’ll be a slow learner - might even turn out to be dyslexic…)

My pets are both (of course) highly intelligent. But I don’t genuinely think they’ll ever learn to talk (though it won’t be from lack of parental teaching and guidance I assure you). Yesterday I saw a dog on Facebook writing his own name with a paint brush. Yeah, but can he talk?

I think if (or when) the day ever comes that Bella says the word ‘Banana’ or Freddy mentions that his bowl is empty rather than shows me, will probably be a surprising but well-earned one. I might be tempted to rename Freddy ‘Gaspode’ in honour of the dog from the Terry Pratchett books (who, if you don’t know, is a dog who thinks like a human and says the word ‘woof’ rather than barking).

Look, Freddy: Blog. Can you say ‘Blog’? What about, ‘Pho-to-Fair-y-tales’? Good boy!

Surely I'm not the only person in the world who does this? Am I??

Love from the nuthouse,
Sarah x

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